Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Go Green to Keep Nashville Clean!

Once again, we are doing the Go Green to Keep Nashville Clean contest! We have two fabulous winners from Mt.View and I'm really happy with everyone's effort. The wall of posters looks great in our hallway and it's always encouraging to spread the word about Going Green to the future of America....:o)

4th Grade Winner

3rd Grade Winner

Wall of Go Green Posters!

2nd Grade "Bad Case of Stripes" Self Portrait!

Thanks Mrs.Jahnig! I completely stole this fabulous lesson from Crystal's blog and it a winner! We utilized the website: which has famous people reading stories for FREE. It's so awesome, and now I use it all the time.

This lesson was derived from the story "A Bad Case of Stripes" and really jazzes up self-portraits for 2nd graders. Anyway, here's some of the finished products. This is a real crowd pleaser....

1st Grade Architects Create Houses for Insects!

I formulated this lesson after seeing Mrs. Sturgill teach something like it at the Frist one summer. We read the story "Roberto the Insect Architect" to inspire us to "Be Creative!"

The students created blueprints and designed a house or building for a bug! After they painted their drawings blue, they sculpted their 'bug' out of model magic. Once those dry, we'll add bright colors.

Here's that worksheet about Architectural Details...I found it in a green book called Art Starters? (I think.)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Art Teacher Workshop @ the Frist with Renowned Potter: Regis Brodie

I just love getting to attend beneficial workshops and this was one of them! We all got the chance to present our own work! We learned all about Regis Brodie, his influences and his body of work. It was a great experience and towards the end of the workshop we made a Japanese tea bowl for a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. My favorite piece of information from learning about Japanese tea ceremonies was that no one speaks before, during or after the ceremony and once you leave the ceremony you are leaving with the understanding that could be the last time you ever see each other again. That seemed really beautiful to me.
Anyway, here are some photos I took while attending the workshop. Enjoy!

Below you'll see Regis Brodie and Mr.E being silly with some samples of our tea bowls.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Chihuly Tower Installation

We went outside today to spray our elongated armatures with clear gloss to add that extra 'glassy' look. Below are some photos of our outdoor adventure. I let some of my responsible students take turns being the "photographer". I think they did a nice job.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lucky Find!

I bought one of my favorite books, "Roberto the Insect Architect", for $1.00 on and you'll never guess what was on the inside!

Check it out...

It's signed by the author! And, best of all, she drew Roberto!